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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid, 16 April 2011
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This review is from: The Bed Sitting Room [DVD] [1969] (DVD)
Many years ago I read an odd little book called "The Bed Sitting Room", written by Spine Millington (the well known typing error) and have since forgotten all about it.
Those nice people at Amazon recently suggested this newly re-released film of the book, so I just had to have it.

And what fun! A whole host of 60s stars (Ralph Richardson, Rita Tushingham, Michael Hordern, Arthur Lowe, Pete and Dud, and, of course, the inimitable Mr. Millington), play this extraordinary, lunatic, surreal film absolutely straight.

Set in a fantastic post-apocalyptic landscape of total destruction (seems to have been filmed at a number of household waste sites) with lakes full of radioactive scum, and the ground littered with the detritus of millions of destroyed homes, our small band of survivors stagger on their way to being mutated into houses and furniture.

An endless stream of Goonish gags in the script (I will have to watch it several times again to catch all of them), soften the tone - but underlying it seems to be Spike's reaction to the endless (and often unspoken) Cold War fear of total destruction, brought on by our incompetent politicians (a lovely scene early in the film has Harold Wilson cowtowing to Mao Tse Tung, seconds before the bombs go off).

Brilliant, scary, sad and very very funny.
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